Don't Be Too Quick to Grab That Shovel
Did you know there are actually blogs on the internet dedicated to the disdain of shoveling snow? They are funny to read, but paint a realistic picture of just how much people hate the annual winter ritual (punishment) of shoveling snow!
The blogs cover every subject on the art of shoveling snow, especially stories about injury. "I pulled a muscle; I wrenched my back; I tore my rotator cuff, etc!" These are just a sample of the horror stories shared as you scroll through different blogs.
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Comission, in 2012 more than 34,200 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms, doctor's offices, clinics and other medical settings for injuries sustained while shoveling snow.
So how does one stay safe during the snow season? It is simple. Shoveling snow is a workout and should be treated as one. When you work out, you should warm-up and take certain precautions and important steps to prevent injury. By taking a minute to review these helpful hints, you can enjoy a healthy snow season versus a season of recovery and rehabilitation.
- Use Proper Technique - Push the snow instead of lifting it. Do not overload the shovel. If you must lift it, bend your knees and lift with your legs, not your back.
- No Twists/Tossing - Do not stay in a stationary position and twist or toss snow over your shoulder.
- Good Hydration - Drink plenty of water; take breaks; walk around.
- No Pain, No Gain - Kick that saying to the curb! Pay attention to pains, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, etc. Pace yourself.
- Shovel Early & Often - Do not wait for snow to pile up on the sidewalks and driveways. Shovel in stages if possible; small quantities of snow are easier to handle.